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Old 05-14-2003, 05:50 PM   #1
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XMMS and/or multitasking issues on linux?

I haven't been running linux long enough so I don't know what's the cause of this problem. I have RH 7.3 and using the default XMMS that came with it (can't remember the version #).

My machine is an AMD Athlon 1.6 GHz with 512 MB Ram and I have about 600 MB of swap space allocated. I'm using Gnome for a window manager.

Whenever I use XMMS to play MP3s while copying a bunch of files from my CD-ROM to the hard drive (same drive that XMMS is using to pull files from), whatever I'm playing gets choppy and is interrupted, (similar to having a poor audio stream from some net site..)

Is this problem due to limitations of XMMS or the linux file system, or something else? Is there a better MP3 player that can be used? Perhaps one that buffers more data or something?

Old 05-15-2003, 12:52 AM   #2
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Try commanding nice -n 19 before moving the files or run x at a higher priority.

You may want the preempt patch in your kernel.
The Linux kernel preemption project
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check to make sure that there aren't any plugins enabled that you don't want (like echo and others)


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